The Zonta Club of Ilocos Norte, Philippines, actively participated in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and posted about their activities daily on their Facebook page.
Some of their activities are below.
- The club put signs, banners and billboards around their community.
- The club hosted multiple workshops on topics such as sexual harassment and domestic violence, rape, violence against women and children, HIV and AIDS, and more.
- The Tobacco Monopoly Monument, one of Laoag City’s iconic structures, was illuminated in orange.
- Students from the Ilocos Norte National High School (INNHS) Z Club and MMSU-CTE’s Golden Z Club shared their visual pledges to say no to violence against women.
- Together with the Z club, the club distributed banners bearing hotline numbers of the Philippine National Police and the Social Welfare Department Offices for women and girls to call in the event of any violence against them.
- The club posted stories from violence survivors on their Facebook page.
- The club, together with the Mariano Marcos State University College of Teacher Education and Integrated University Laboratory Schools, and the Ilocos Norte National High School, presented a timely and relevant webinar on cybercrimes. Zontian and Atty. Pia Crisologo-Cua, shared her expert advice on how teens can protect themselves in cyberspace and Zontian and Atty. Cherie Bareng-Asistin familiarized participants with cyber libel and theft, and its consequences.
- The club called on all Local Government Units (LGUs) to make a formal manifestation of its support for SDG 5 by way of a resolution prepared by their City/Municipal Council. To date, 18 LGUs out of the 23 in Ilocos Norte have provided one. The resolutions are a clear indication of the progress the Zonta club in making in raising awareness for the SDG 5 and what it encompasses and we are grateful to the LGUs for heeding their call.